Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #233: Ivory and Bone

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Ivory and Bone
By: Julie Eshbaugh
Release Date: June 14, 2016

The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future. Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival. Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts. When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along. (Goodreads)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Light of Day by Allison van Diepen

Light of Day
By: Allison van Diepen
Released: November 24, 2015
Source: Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Like any other Saturday night, Gabby Perez and her best friend, Maria, are out dancing. But this isn’t just another night. When a mysterious stranger warns Gabby their drinks have been drugged, she hurries Maria home. Sure enough, the next day, Maria can’t remember a thing. Gabby’s shaken by their close call. And she’s not going to stay quiet about it. She opens up the airwaves on her radio show and discovers an even worse truth: the guy who drugged them was going to force them into prostitution. Then Gabby’s friend Bree never makes it home from a party, and Gabby fears the worst. Gabby reaches out to the guy who saved her, the gorgeous stranger she knows only as X. As they dive into the seedy underworld of Miami, searching for Bree, they can’t ignore their undeniable attraction. Until Gabby discovers the truth about who X really is and the danger that surrounds him. Can their love survive the light of day? (Goodreads)

I liked Light of Day. I read On the Edge last year and liked it as well, so I was curious about this one.

Light of Day is the story of Gabby who is saved by a mysterious guy who goes by the name of X. She is out with her best friend when X catches a guy slipping something into their drinks and warns her. When one of Gabby's friends goes missing soon after, she reaches out to X for help in finding her. As she grows closer to X, she learns the truth about who he really is. 

Gabby was an interesting character to get to know. She is fierce and isn't afraid to speak up. I especially liked the story line about Gabby's relationship with her family. She doesn't really get along with her parents or brother because she is so different from them. She's always gotten along better with her aunt, who is also the outsider in the family. I also liked how driven Gabby was about being a radio DJ. Her passion and love for her internship at the radio station really came across on the pages. Then there was X who was also a really interesting character to get to know. He is trying to do good, but he has a complicated past. The chemistry between X and Gabby was there from the beginning, but it felt a bit like insta-love. Their relationship just felt rushed. 

There were also so many great side characters too. Gabby becomes an outsider at school after breaking up with the popular golden boy so she becomes friends with a new group. I loved the scenes when they all hung out together, especially for their zombie survival meetings. It was great to see Maddie and Lobo from On the Edge again too.

The characters were definitely what kept me reading this one. The plot started off great, but then really slowed down. I found myself getting bored a lot during the majority of the middle. I kept waiting for something more to happen and the whole ending became predictable fast. In terms of the plot, I honestly liked On the Edge a lot more. 

Overall I liked Light of Day and getting to know these characters. 

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Thank You to The Hunger Games

(Photo credit: my sister)
Today Mockingjay Part 2 is out in theaters! I feel like I have been caught up in the world of The Hunger Games for the past 5 years and this week feels like a goodbye of sorts.

I first picked up The Hunger Games on August 19, 2010 (yes I still have the receipt saved inside my copy) and stayed up all night reading the book. I rushed out to grab Catching Fire the following day and stayed up again that night reading. I was so absorbed in this world that Suzanne Collins created. Luckily, I only had to wait a few days until Mockingjay was released. At midnight I bought the book and I finished early that morning. After that I was in a Hunger Games daze for months and I couldn't stop talking about the series. I dressed up as Katniss for Halloween that year. I even bought the whole series for my sister and told her she had to read these books. Once she read them, it became a series we could talk about together. Eventually our book discussions turned into discussions on the movie filming. My sister was even lucky enough to meet Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson while they were doing press for the movie. 

Before I knew it, The Hunger Games movie was here and my sister and I attended the midnight showing wearing our matching Hunger Games shirts and Mockingjay pins. The theater was packed that night and right before the movie started a young girl dressed as Katniss walked to the front of the theater and gave the three finger salute. Everyone in the theater stood up to raise their hands and that was when I realized just how big this movie was about to be. My dad even became a fan after he saw the movie and over the years we have seen the movies together.

(photo credit: my sister)
These books and movies have grown to mean even more to me as the years have passed. It became something that I shared with my family. We saw the movies in theaters together more than once. We discussed the characters, plot, and themes over the dinner table at night. We even attended the Hunger Games exhibition together this past summer. What has really resonated the most with me from these books and movies though is the relationship between Katniss and Prim. My sister and I are really close so to see a bond like ours in these books and movies was important to us. Honestly I could go on for hours about all of the themes within this series, but I won't. Instead all I will say is that Katniss Everdeen has truly taught me so much.

(Before The Hunger Games midnight showing)

This certainly isn't a goodbye though because I will absolutely be rereading this series and rewatching the movies for years to come. However, I do want to say thank you to Suzanne Collins. Thank you for writing a story that has become so important to not just me, but to so many other people around the world. Thank you for giving me so many treasured memories these past 5 years.

What is your favorite part of The Hunger Games books or movies?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #232: Please Don't Tell

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Please Don't Tell
By: Laura Tims
Release Date: May 24, 2016

Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it. What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice. In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong. (Goodreads)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #231: The Winner's Kiss

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Winner's Kiss
By: Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 1, 2016

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks. But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?  (Goodreads)

Monday, November 9, 2015

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You
By: Claudia Gray
Released: November 4, 2014
Source: Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined. A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure. (Goodreads)

I really enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You. It was an exciting adventure filled with drama and unexpected twists. I've read some of Claudia Gray's previous books, so I have certainly been looking forward to starting this series for some time now. I must admit though, a huge part of the reason why I wanted to read this book was because of the gorgeous cover. This is easily one of my favorite book covers of all time. I love the colors and it looks even better in person. Also after reading the book, I think that it really fits the story well.

A Thousand Pieces of You is the story of Marguerite who is chasing the man who killed her father. Her parents invented a device that would allow a person to jump into parallel universes. Now that her father is dead, Marguerite is following his killer through different universes. However, with each new universe that Marguerite travels to, she is learning more about the truth surrounding her his death.

Marguerite was an interesting protagonist who I enjoyed getting to know. First I have to say that she is brave to go after the man who killed her father. She may have made the decision too quickly, but she was still brave to jump into another universe. Marguerite really learns a lot about herself and the people in her life during the course of the book. There were also plenty of other fascinating side characters that she meets along the way. I really liked getting to know Paul and Theo, who were both her parent's assistants.  

The plot was paced well and had a great balance of drama and romance. It didn't take long for me to finish this book at all. I was worried that based on the summary, this story could get confusing fast. However, that definitely wasn't the case here. Gray did a really great job explaining things. She set up the story well in the beginning and from there, it moved forward at a good pace. I liked that there were even some flashbacks to the past because that helped establish what Marguerite's relationship was like with her parents, Paul, and Theo. There were also so many good twists that I didn't predict, so I liked how this book kept me on the edge of my seat.

My favorite aspect of this story was definitely jumping into each parallel universe though. Each universe was fascinating and unique. I loved how some were similar to her own while others were really different. It was exciting to go along with her and my favorite was definitely the London universe. Gray just did a really great job setting up each of these universes. I especially liked that Marguerite could only jump into a universe where some version of herself already existed. It was interesting to see the life that the other versions of herself was living. 

Overall I really enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You. This book took me along on an exciting adventure through memorable settings. I definitely recommend picking this one up.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #230: Passenger

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

By: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5, 2016

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now. Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not. Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever (Goodreads)

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

The Lies About Truth
By: Courtney C. Stevens
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max. As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past. (Goodreads)

I really enjoyed The Lies About Truth. After hearing some great things about this book and reading the synopsis, I couldn't wait to read it. It has been weeks since I finished it and I still can't get this story out of my head.

The Lies About Truth is the story of Sadie who is struggling to move forward after a car accident that killed her best friend, Trent, and left her covered in scars. One of the only people who she feels like she can talk to is Trent's brother, Max, who is currently living in another country. However, Max is coming back home soon and Sadie is unsure about what this means for their relationship.

Sadie is a very complex and well developed character. She is realistically dealing with surviving a horrible accident. She's pushed away her friends and is hiding away. Not only is she dealing with the grief of losing one of her best friends, but she is also left covered in scars. Just leaving her house has become a challenge for her. I really loved the relationship that she shared with her parents. The love between them came right off the pages. 

The side characters were also really interesting. I did think that Gina and Gray were flat for the first half of the book, but the flashbacks to what their friendship was like before the accident made them much more interesting. I especially liked Max and getting to know him better too. 

The plot was really well developed. I loved how it all built up and gradually showed the reader the type of relationship that this group of friends once shared before the accident. Stevens' writing was beautiful. This story had a great balance of these lighter moments and these dark moments where you really felt the pain that Sadie was in. 

Overall I really enjoyed The Lies About Truth. It was beautifully written story about friendship and trying to move on from the past. I definitely recommend picking up a copy. I know this is a story that I won't be getting off my mind any time soon.      

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